posted on 10-Aug-2002 12:35:29 PM
Title: Destined to be Forever
Author: Phoebe James
Distribution: Please ask first, but otherwise, sure!
Disclaimer: I don't own Roswell or any of the characters...if I did, boy would I be lucky!!
Category: Max and Liz
Rating: PG13-R (at times)
Summary: A few days after EOTW Liz is feeling horrible about the things she did to Max. Maria feels her friend's pain and tells Max the truth!
Feedback: please send feedback, this was my first fic and I really want to know what you all think!!!

PART ONE
At the Crashdown:
"Maria, I don't know what I'm gonna do. I can't stand lying to Max anymore. What should I do?" Liz asked Maria as she took some food from Michael. Maria started to answer as she walked towards her table.
"Liz, you know you're obsessed right? I mean, you and Max… I dunno what to tell ya. This whole Future Max thing...all I can say is that no weirdo better ever come to me from the future."
"You're a big help Maria. I'm totally lost. My grades are dropping, I can't concentrate. I had to reroute everything just to avoid seeing Max. I don't know what I'll do if I do see him." Liz sighed, depressed.
"First thing you gotta do, chica, is get off your ass and start doin' your job. We'll talk later, promise." Maria replied.
*Maria's right, * Liz thought, *Maybe if I keep busy, my mind won't wander so much. *

At school:
The next day Liz, Maria, and Alex were having lunch together. Fortunately, Liz had seen no sign of Max all day, and she was in a very good mood.
"I just know I aced my history test." Liz bragged.
"Good for you. I'm proud of you. You've finally gotten over the first hurdle of breaking up. You're beginning your normal routine, jumping back into things. If you ask me, you've been wallowing way too much lately." Maria explained.
"Oh thanks!" Liz laughed. "But really, I know. It's just that getting over Max has been really hard for me. Lying to him has been even worse. I can't even think about it or I break down. Ya know?" Liz replied.
"I guess so. Michael and me have never really been that… 'deep'". Maria told her.
"God, don't you people have anything else to talk about besides guys? I mean I've been listening to this all afternoon and all I can think is, they are people too, you talk they listen. Comprendo?" Alex asked.
"Shut up Alex. You are such a jerk!" Maria growled while Liz laughed at Maria’s outburst.
RING
"There's the bell, we better go." Liz said.
"Yeah, see ya later!" Maria replied.
"Bye!" Alex shouted after them.
BIOLOGY
*Oh God, there's Max. What am I gonna do??? * Liz thought.
"Hey Liz."
"Oh, hi Max."
"How are you?"
"I'm fine, you?"
"Good."
"Good."
"Good morning class. Today we will begin Unit 5. Dissection! I'm sure you're all very excited. We will be starting with the squid, seeing as you all have dissected frogs before, right? Well anyway..."
"I guess we're partners huh?" Max asked.
"I guess so." Liz replied sullenly.
LATER ON IN CLASS…
"Alright class, time to clean up!"
"You wash the tools, I'll throw away the squid?" Liz asked.
"Yeah sure."
As Liz walked over to the sink she thought about how sad Max appeared every time he looked at her. *He looks almost as lost as I feel.* Liz thought. *He's become so depressed, so unattached. He's so unlike Max...* Liz let her thoughts wander. She walked back towards the desk where Max was cleaning up.
"Well, I guess I'll see you tomorrow?" Max asked.
"Tomorrow is Saturday." Liz replied.
"Yeah... well, maybe at the Crashdown then, or something."
"Yeah, maybe."
The truth was, Max didn't know Liz had been avoiding him. Max had been avoiding Liz too. Seeing her was just too painful. Even biology class was torture. Knowing what they used to share, and why they didn't share it anymore...it was all too much for Max. He couldn't handle it. Everything was bottled up inside and Max felt like he was going to burst. All his anger, his sadness, his depression.
RING
The bell snapped Max out of his thoughts and told him it was time to go home.
IN THE PARKING LOT:
Liz was on her way out of the building when Maria snuck up behind her.
"Boo!" Maria shouted. Liz spun around, startled.
"Don't do that!" She shrieked.
"Sorr-y!" Maria replied, laughing. "Anyways, I just wanted to tell you that I have to baby-sit for my little cousin, Josh, tonight so I can't come over. Sorry. I know you really needed to talk."
"That's alright Maria. I think I'll just veg out all night anyway, you know listen a couple of really good CD's, maybe watch a chic flick... I'll be fine."
"Cool. Well, don't stay up too late, you have to meet me at the Crashdown at 10:00 tomorrow morning. Don't forget okay?"
"Got it, 10:00-Crashdown. See ya then."
"You sure you don't want a ride?" Maria asked for the last time.
"Yeah, I'm positive. See ya later."

PART 2

Liz came down to the Crashdown the next morning. She stood on the staircase, just looking at it. She thought about all the memories. All her friends, Max. She thought about the many times the gang all gathered at the Crashdown. The many times Liz and Max had been alone together there. Liz couldn't take it. She missed him so much! How would she ever deal with the loss of Max Evans? Liz decided to forget about Max, even if it was just for one day. She wanted to have fun. She walked through the door separating her house from the Crashdown.
"Maria? Maria, where are you?" Liz shouted.
"In the kitchen! I'll be right out!" Maria replied. Maria came out of the kitchen with her keys in her hand. "Let's go." she said.
"Umm, okay, where exactly are we going?"
"That's for me to know and you to find out." Maria told Liz smugly.
"Here, put this on." Maria said as she handed Liz a bandana.
"What's this for?" Liz asked.
"It's a blindfold. Here, I'll help you."
"What's going on Maria?" Liz asked again, getting excited.
"I told you, it's a surprise."
The car ride wasn't long, but to Liz it felt like an eternity.
"Why do I smell fish?" Liz asked.
"I don't know, why do you smell fish?" Maria asked, smiling.
"Are we there yet?"
"Not quite." Maria drove a little further and parked the Jetta in the shade. It was sunny out, and it was gonna be a long day. Maria helped Liz out of the car and insisted she keep the blindfold on for a little while longer. The two girls walked for a little while and finally Maria stopped. Liz was really anxious to find out just what Maria was doing. As Liz was thinking about what this day could possibly bring, she heard:
"Surprise! Happy birthday Liz!" Liz pulled off the blindfold and saw the whole gang standing around her. She was shocked. She couldn't believe she had forgotten about her own birthday. She was so happy. Maria was the best friend ever.
"OMG, I had no idea! You guys are so sweet! Thank you!"
"No prob Liz, happy birthday." Alex said. Liz hugged Alex and Maria.
"I can't believe this! I don't even have any of my stuff!"
"Yeah ya do Liz. I got it all from your mom before you got home from school yesterday. I knew you wouldn't miss it. So let's change and start tanning, girls!" Maria yelled. Liz, Isabel, and Tess all followed Maria to the changing room. Max, Michael, Alex and Kyle got changed and found a spot on the beach, then Alex went back to wait for the girls. Liz and Maria were talking in the changing room and Liz couldn't seem to get over what Maria had done.
"Thank you sooooooooooo much Maria, I can't believe you did this!" Liz squealed.
"Liz, you're my very best friend in the whole wide world. You've been really down lately. I knew I had to cheer you up somehow. The guys in bathing suits, now that was just a bonus." Liz and Maria walked out of the changing room where Tess, Isabel and Alex were already waiting for them. Together they all walked to where the guys were sitting. Maria put her towel down next to Michael's and began tanning. Liz sat next to her. After about half an hour Alex and Kyle were getting impatient. They wanted to go swimming and it was no fun without girls to throw around. Tess was ready to go as well, so Liz and Maria got up to join them. Max came as well, and even Isabel replied to everyone's pleas for her to come with them. The guys and Tess all jumped into the water, but Maria went in slowly and Liz dived in and swam laps to get warm. Max watched Liz in the water.
*She's so beautiful. Even the way she swims is beautiful.* The sun shined on Liz's wet hair, and Max longed to touch it. To touch her. He missed her. As he glanced at Kyle, and saw he was preoccupied with a giggling Tess, something told him that that day was going to be a good day. Once everyone was in the water, the guys started to get playful. First Michael swam towards Maria and pulled her under. In an attempt to retaliate, Maria tried to pull Michael under, but he was too strong for her. He picked her up and threw her. By this time everyone was fooling around and trying to attack each other. Max and Isabel, Alex and Liz, Michael and Maria, Tess and Kyle. This changed frequently however. Isabel and Alex fooled around a lot in the water, despite her claims that he was ruining her hair. Tess and Kyle were constantly engulfed in laughter, except, of course when they were under water. All of a sudden Liz felt herself being picked up and thrown. When she finally emerged again, she was standing directly in front of Max. That alone almost caused her to lose her balance. Max, not completely realizing what he was doing at the time, put his arms around Liz's waist affectionately. He then proceeded to pick her up, spin her around and toss her towards Alex. This went on and on, girls kicking and screaming happily, guys laughing and picking up the girls, only to throw them to eager recipients. To everyone's enjoyment, it lasted quite a while longer. Kyle and Liz, Liz and Alex, Alex and Maria, Maria and Kyle, Kyle and Tess, Tess and Michael, Michael and Liz, Liz and Max, Max and Isabel, Isabel and Alex, etc. It just kept going. But after a while everyone got tired and retreated back to their spot on the sand to have a picnic lunch.
"Time for presents!" Maria shouted as soon as lunch was over.
"OMG, you guys got me presents?!? I can't believe this! What did I do to deserve friends like you? You are all so great!"
"Who's first?" Maria asked.
"Me first, me first!" Alex yelled.
"Okay, Alex first." Liz said, smiling. Happily, Liz slowly opened her first present. It was a brand new journal with Liz's name and the signature of everyone she knew on the cover.
"Oh Alex, this is so great! Thank you sooooo much! I love it!" Liz squealed. Then she ran to Alex and kissed him on the cheek. Next came Tess’ present. Tess had gotten Liz a book about famous women scientists. Liz thanked Tess as cordially as possible, and went on opening gifts.
"This one's from Isabel." Isabel had gotten Liz some really cool earrings that she had seen at the mall. Isabel hoped Liz would like them.
"OMG, Isabel, these are so cool! I love them! Thank you!" Isabel was happy with Liz's reaction and they kept on opening gifts. Next Liz opened Kyle's gift.
"Kyle, how did you know I love Dido? This CD is great; I've wanted it forever! Thanks!" Liz ran up to Kyle and gave him an affectionate hug and a quick kiss. Max could feel the jealousy seeping into his veins. Next was Michael's present. No one really expected anything decent, but with Michael you never know. Liz was surprised to find that Michael had gotten Liz a beautiful Japanese hair clip.
"Michael this is wonderful! Where did you find it?"
"Actually, I found it at a thrift shop near where I work. I thought it would look nice in your hair."
"Oh, well, thank you, Michael." Liz said.
"It's my turn!" Maria said. "Here Liz, from me to you." Maria handed Liz her present.
"Ooooooh, what could it be?" Liz wondered out loud. Liz opened the gift slowly, yet she was anxious to see what it was. Liz's jaw dropped in surprise when she saw what Maria had gotten her. It was an autographed picture of Dido along with six tickets to her concert the next month. The package also contained an autographed T-shirt and a limo receipt.
"OMG! Ria! How… when did you…" Liz stammered.
"I won this contest on the radio. However, the limo ride is from yours truly. I told Kyle to buy you the CD so you could get it signed. You have backstage passes too! Are you happy?" Maria asked
"Oh totally! I'm psyched! Thank you Maria!" Liz gave her friend a big hug. The two girls laughed. Maria was beaming.
"Don't forget about Max's present." Alex said.
"Oh my gosh, I can't believe I almost forgot about your present, Max." Liz said, blushing. She wondered what Max had gotten her. He had always given her wonderful presents...when they were dating. Liz wondered if Max was still bitter. *Why wouldn't he be?* Liz thought. *He has every reason to be.* Liz opened his present quickly, anxious to get everyone's eyes off of her. When she took off the wrapping paper, Liz found a box. She opened it, and inside was a gorgeous gold necklace with a small ruby pendant in the shape of a heart. Whatever it was Liz had been expecting, it certainly wasn't this. Liz looked up at Max with tears forming in her eyes. "It's beautiful." She managed to choke out. Liz ran up to Max and hugged him. Max was upset that Liz was crying, but overjoyed when she hugged him. He desperately wanted Liz to stay in his arms forever. Little did he know that that is just what Liz wanted too. After a few long seconds, Max pulled away from her. Liz gave him a quick kiss on the cheek and whispered 'thank you' in his ear. Liz thanked everyone again for all the great gifts. After the party was over, the girls started to sunbathe again and all the guys read magazines and talked with each other. Before they knew it, it was almost eight o'clock and the sun was ready to set. Everyone headed back to the changing rooms for showers and blow dryers. Once everyone was done, people proceeded to cars. Alex, Liz and Kyle all went in Alex's car. Michael, Isabel and Tess went in the Jetta, and Maria and Max took the jeep. Liz sat in the backseat with Kyle while Alex drove.
"So Liz," Kyle said, "How are things between you and Max?"
"What do you mean? We're broken up. You know. It happened right after..." Liz trailed off.
"Well yeah, I knew...about the break up, but...but I was wondering if you two were still, you know, friends. I mean, is there still a chance you'll get back together?" Kyle asked.
"Umm, well...I don't really know...I mean no I, uh, I don't think so." Liz replied regretfully.
"Oh."
"Yeah."
Michael was driving the Jetta, Tess and Iz were sitting in the backseat talking about girly stuff.
"We should really do our nails together sometime." Tess told Isabel.
"Yeah, I do Michael's all the time, don't I Michael?" Isabel replied.
"Yeah, right. I don't do nails." Michael commented sarcastically. Isabel ignored Michael's rude comments.
"Well, maybe we could go on Saturday."
"Yeah that would be fun." Tess answered.
Max was in the driver's seat and Maria was sitting beside him. *How on Earth did we come up with this seating arrangement? * Max wondered. Maria, talkative as usual, started the conversation.
"So, Max. What's up?"
"Nothing much. The usual."
"Did you have fun at the beach?"
"Yeah it was really great. Do you think Liz liked my gift?"
"Are you kidding? The girl was practically in tears! The necklace was gorgeous!"
"You don't think it was...too much? I mean, I bought it for her before we broke up. It was going to be a Valentine's Day gift."
"Max, the gift was spectacular. Let's just leave it at that. You could really teach Michael a little something about romance. No, really...could you?" Maria asked him. Max laughed.
"Max I've noticed you've been kind of depressed lately, ya know?"
"Yeah, I guess I have be-"
"Yeah," Maria cut him off. "Well, Liz has been too and it's killing me to see her like this. I have to tell you something Max. Something really important."
"What do you mean Maria?"
"It's about you and Liz. Your...umm...relationship.
"What about it? Am I gonna need some air after I hear this 'news'?"
"Quite possibly actually. It's a lot to take in. Especially while driving..."
"I'm pulling over."
"Good. Now, just for the record, I'm doing this for Liz. Even though she's gonna hate me for it later. Anyways, that's not the point. Here goes..." Maria told Max everything. She told him about Future
Max, the betrayal, the lies, the feelings... Max was amazed and shocked, but most of all happy. He couldn't understand how he had been so blind. He should have seen it in her eyes. Max knew Liz inside and out, Liz couldn't lie. She was terrible at it. Max obviously hadn't been paying her any attention or he would have known. He should have known! After Maria told Max Liz's story, Max poured his heart out to Maria. He told her everything. How his anger and depression had been building up inside of him. How every time he saw Liz he felt like he couldn't breath, couldn't live without her. Max told Maria all his troubles, all his thoughts. He poured out his 'bottle'. Afterwards he felt so happy, so light, and so relieved. It was a wonderful feeling.
Maria was so content with the look on Max's face that she completely forgot about how Liz would react when she found out.

PART 3

Max had no idea how to approach Liz with this information. He needed to let her know he knew, but he didn't know how. Unfortunately, the weekend was almost over. Monday was tomorrow. And biology was second period. Max had to think of something before then. And what about Maria? What would Liz do to her? Would Liz be happy he found out, and thank Maria, or would she hate Maria forever? Max was starting to sink back into his depression.
"Max are you coming?" Isabel burst into Max's room.
"Coming where?" Max asked, startled.
"To the Crashdown, with Michael, Tess and me."
"Umm..." *Liz is gonna be at The Crashdown. She works on Sundays.* Max thought. It would be awkward, but only as awkward as it had been lately.
"Well? Are you coming or not?" Isabel questioned again, impatiently.
"Yeah, I guess." Max replied. He still wanted to see Liz. He
wouldn't let on that he knew just yet though. He'd wait till tomorrow.
Liz looked up to see Max walking through the doors of the Crashdown. *Oh not again! * She thought. *I can't believe Max is here!*
She walked quickly into the kitchen and told Maria to take whatever table they were sitting at. Maria did as she was told. She desperately needed to be on Liz's good side when she heard the news. Liz went into the bathroom and tucked the necklace under her uniform. She made sure it couldn't be seen, and went out again.
Max was a little disappointed when he saw Liz disappear into the kitchen. He knew that meant she wouldn't be serving them. He was also disappointed to see that Liz wasn't wearing the necklace he had given her. Two days ago, he wouldn't have been very surprised, but now that he knew, it hurt. The more Max thought about it, the more he realized how much Liz really did love him. Liz had gone through all this pain and agony, just for him. *Liz is so brave, so strong. That just makes me love her more. I can't wait until I can be with her again. * Max was confident that they would get back together. He knew that once Liz found out, she wouldn't be able to take it anymore. And with that he started looking forward to Monday.
Liz walked into biology, dreading the sight of Max. She had been careful to wear something that would hide the necklace effectively that day. She couldn't bear to take it off, but she couldn't let Max see it. She took her seat and waited for class to begin. Max quickly walked into biology, anxious to see Liz. He sat down and told her they needed to talk.
"Umm Liz, I think we need to talk."
"Oh. Okay. What's on your mind?" Liz asked as sweetly as possible. It was killing her.
"It's about us. Our...umm...relationship."
"O-Kay..." Liz began to get worried. She knew she couldn't take it if Max started asking her questions about 'them'…her and Kyle, her and Max…she didn't know what she'd do.
"Liz...I don't know how to tell you this...I...I know,"
"You know what Max?" Liz asked, impatiently.
"I know about you and Kyle."
"Wha-, why, what, what do you mean?"
"I mean, I know you didn't really sleep with him." Liz was going crazy. How could this have happened? What did she ever do to deserve all this pain? Why was he doing this? She had to get out. The tears were coming. She had to leave. She couldn't take it. So she started to cry. Tears poured down her face. No words could describe what she was feeling. Sad, miserable, despondent, hopeless, pessimistic. Those words didn’t even come close. Liz was feeling all the pain she had been holding back since the night Future Max had come to her. The night she had made Max fall out of love with her. Everything she had been suppressing since then was tearing her heart apart at that very moment. And before Max could do anything to comfort her, she got up and ran out of the room. Everyone was shocked and the whispering began. Max knew he had to go after her. He had to explain. So he left too. The teacher was starting to get very annoyed.
"Settle down class, settle down. Rest assured, those two will be getting detentions. Along with anyone who continues to talk in my classroom! You can gossip about Miss Parker and Mr. Evans at another time."
Liz ran as fast as she could. As fast as her tiny body would allow. IT was all she could think to do, the pain was driving her pushing her to get away, far, far away. She ignored all the whispers, all the stares, and all the "Are you okay Liz?"'s. She had to get away, escape. She went to the eraser room. It was the closest, and the only place she could think of where no one would find her. She walked in and sat on the floor under the desks. She wrapped her arms around her knees and began to rock back and forth. The tears kept coming. The sobs racked her body. She took out the necklace and held it in her hand. It was so beautiful. But it reminded Liz of him. Of how much she missed him. How much she loved him. As she looked more closely at the necklace she saw that there was an inscription. It said:
Destined to be together. Love, Max. Liz smiled softly. All of a sudden, the door opened and someone was in the room with her. *Why can't they leave me alone? I just want to be alone!* Liz thought angrily. *Maybe if I'm quiet they'll leave.* But it seemed like the person was looking for something. Liz let out a little sigh. The person, as if they heard this, turned around and walked towards her. Liz squeezed her fists tight, as if to ward the person off, and they turned and walked out of the room. A few seconds later, another person walked in. This time, Liz recognized the person. It was Max. He walked towards her, and peeked under the desks.
"Hi." He said.
"Hi." Liz replied. "I'm sorry Max. You weren't...it's all so complicated and... I..."
"It's okay Liz. I understand everything."
"Everyone has this image of me. Even you. You all think I'm so strong. But really I'm not. The pain of all this, has been eating at me. I just kept holding it back but now, today when you said you knew… I just freaked out. Max, I've missed you so much. You made me strong. Without you I'm weak, I'm nothing without you Max. I can only be brave for so long. I wanted to tell you, but I couldn't. How did, how did you know?" This was it.
*I'm sorry Maria,* he thought. "Well...umm...Maria told me. Please don't be upset with her Liz."
Liz started to cry again. Max pulled her into his arms.
"I'm so sorry Max. I never meant to hurt you. I did it for you Max. I love you. I always have. I always will, no matter what."
"I love you too Liz."
" I know, but we can't be together Max. You have to be with Tess. You belong together. You can't let her leave." Liz was sobbing again. She wrenched herself out of Max's tender embrace.
"Liz, I won't let her leave. You and me, Liz, we belong together. We make our own destinies, remember? We can stop the end of the world. But I can't do it without you Liz. I need you."
"Please Max, don't make it harder than it already is." Liz sobbed.
"I'm not Liz. I need you, just like you need me. We know what we have to do now. I, for one, know we have to do it together. Liz..."
"Do you, is that really what you think, Max?"
"I believe it with all my heart."
"Then, then, I'm not the reason for the end of the world?"
"No Liz. Because there isn't going to be an end of the world."
"I believe you." Liz said as she crawled back into his arms. "Stay with me, Max."
"Forever."

PART 4
Neither one of them regretted their decisions about their relationship. They had gotten back together six months ago, in two days. That would mean that all together, Max and Liz would have been together for two whole years. This was BIG. I mean, really BIG. Liz expected something wonderful from Max. Their three-month anniversary had been spectacular. A wonderful dinner...and afterwards...(No, it's not what you're thinking!) Anyway, Liz had high hopes for this coming night. She hoped their two-year anniversary would signify the cementation of their relationship. Little did Liz know, Max had no idea what was to be celebrated in two days.
Maria had never gotten into too much trouble for telling Max the secret. In fact, Liz had actually thanked her. Maria was relieved to see that Liz was finally happy again. Plus, not having to deal with
Liz's problems gave her more time to spend with Michael. Maria really wanted to take their relationship to the next level. She was ready. The question was, what about Michael?
Maria constantly heard about the anniversary. "I wonder what he's getting me", or "It's going to be sooooo romantic", or "I can't believe this is actually my life". That last one was from Maria. Sometimes Maria wished her boyfriend were more like Max. Caring, sweet, kind, romantic...No such luck.
"Maria, where do you think he'll take me?" Liz asked dreamily. The two girls were sitting in Maria's bedroom. Liz was lying on Maria's bed while Maria was sitting in her desk chair.
"I really don't know Liz." Maria said, getting aggravated. She just wished Liz would shut up! Liz went on though; oblivious to Maria's hidden annoyance.
"Maybe to the new French restaurant? Or..."
"Shut up!!!" Maria screamed finally. Liz jumped.
"God Maria! What's wrong with you?"
"You. You're what's wrong with me. You're driving me absolutely nuts! Max this, Max that! All about how perfect you damned relationship is! I love you Liz. I need you to be happy. I proved that to you when I told Max the truth. Just don't rub it in, ok?"
"Jeez, sorry Maria. I didn't know you felt that way."
"Me and Michael are going through a bit of a rough time in our relationship. I didn't mean to scream. I just get so frustrated, ya know?"
"Yeah. Don't worry about it. Listen, I think I need to get home. See you tomorrow?"
"Fine, okay. Bye."
"Bye."

TWO DAYS LATER
Liz walked down the hallway towards her locker. "Hi Max."
"Hey Liz." Max met Liz right in front of her locker and kissed her hello.
"That was nice."
"I know. So what do you want to do today?"
"Oh, I thought maybe you'd tell me." Liz said with a giggle. She loved it when Max tried to trick her. It always meant he'd surprise her later with something even better then she expected.
"Umm...I was kinda thinking maybe me and Michael could hang out tonight. If you don't mind." Max continued.
"Oh. I...I mean, well..." *What's going on? Is he serious? I think he's serious!* "Are you serious?"
"Well, yeah...I mean, if it's okay with you."
"I, I can't believe this! Max, how could you? You of all people! God Max!" Liz cried.
"What?"
"If you don't know, I'm sure as hell not gonna tell you!" Liz shouted. Then she turned around and stormed away. *I can't believe he forgot! This is so important to me! Important for us! Max, why are you doing this? What's going on?* Liz thought. She was fighting back tears. She ran to the bathroom and hid in one of the stalls. She stayed there for most of first period. Once she was done sulking she walked out of the bathroom and down the hall to her locker. She grabbed her coat and her books and headed home. She couldn't face Max again that day.
Max stood in front of Liz's locker feeling dazed. *What just happened here? What did I do now?* Max wondered. He thought about it for a few seconds and realized his fatal mistake. *Today is the 24th! OMG! I can't believe I forgot our anniversary!*
LATER THAT NIGHT
"Hi is Maria there?" Liz asked over the phone.
"Sure Liz, one sec." Mrs. Deluca answered.
"Hello?"
"Hi Maria, it's Liz."
"Hey Liz, what's up?"
"Oh nothing much...except Max forgot our anniversary!"
"Are you serious?"
"Yes!" Liz cried.
"OMG, Liz! I'm so sorry! Are you okay?"
"Yeah, I mean no, I mean…I don't know!"
"Liz, do you need me to come over?"
"I don't think so Maria. I just need to talk. Do you think I should forgive him?"
"Liz, all I can say is that maybe you expect too much from him. Remember how you said he had you on that pedestal? That you were so perfect, in every way? And really you aren't? Maybe you have him on that pedestal too. That just makes it worse when he falters. He's not perfect either. And don’t you remember, you forgot your own birthday last year! Everyone makes mistakes. You need to forgive him, Liz. You could still save your anniversary if you try."
"Oh God. I’m seriously deranged aren’t I? I can’t believe I actually freaked out over this. Thanks, Ria."
"You're welcome Liz. You deserve the perfect guy! And for you, that guy is Max."
"I'm sure things will get better with you and Michael. Don't worry about it."
"Thanks, Liz."
OUTSIDE MAX'S HOUSE
Liz snuck up to the window of Max's room. She couldn't wait to see the look on his face when she stepped inside. She had been upset at first, but Maria had helped her realize that Max was the only guy she could ever love, and she shouldn't screw it up. She was in love with the perfect guy, and she couldn't wait to tell him. Liz crept slowly to the window. She peeked over the ledge and saw, to her horror, Max and Tess sitting on Max's bed, holding hands. Tess was giggling uncontrollably as Max leaned in and whispered something in her ear. Liz almost screamed, but she stifled it just in time. A feeling of déjà vu hit her. She didn't understand why this was happening. Didn't he love her anymore? First the anniversary, and now this? In the struggle to get away from Max and Tess, Liz made a lot of noise and knocked over a few things. She caused quite a stir. Max jumped at the sudden noise and ran to the window leaving a forlorn looking Tess behind. He saw Liz running down the street. He called her name, but she didn't turn around. He couldn't believe he had let this happen. How could he have let her see him with Tess? And on their anniversary too? He felt awful, but worst of all he knew that Liz wouldn't be quick to forgive him. Max walked back into his room. And already the depression was sinking in.
"Tess, I think you should leave now."
"Oh, but why Max? We were having so much fun! Who was at he window?" Tess asked innocently.
"It was Liz. I think she has the wrong idea about us. I mean we're just friends. Nothing more."
"So, let me get this straight. Liz is mad at you because
one, you forgot your anniversary, and two she saw you sitting on a bed with me. Am I right?" Tess asked, counting his mistakes on her fingers.
"Well, yeah, I guess."
"Some girlfriend ya got there Max. Jumps at all the little things. What's gonna happen when you have a real fight? I think you have the right to find out." Tess said as she walked towards him.
"What is that supposed to mean?"
"Maybe you should make what she thinks happened really happen." Tess whispered as she leaned in on Max. She looked up at him with those big blue eyes pushed her body up against his and, before Max knew what was happening, she kissed him. Max pushed her away as soon as he realized what was going on.
"Tess, what is wrong with you? You know I love Liz, I'd never do anything to hurt her. I needed your advice. I had no one else to talk to. Isabel is out, Michael is at work, and Maria is with Alex. I couldn't get hold of anyone else. So I called you."
"So is that what I am? Is that what I am to you Max? A last resort? You've all made me feel so welcome here! I’ll have you know II was a damn good queen, and an amazing lover! Christ Max! Why can't you accept your destiny? Liz is out of the picture now."
"Tess, I don't love you! I don't care about my destiny! I love Liz, and I always will! She'll never be out of the picture! Now just go!"
"One day you'll understand Max! I'll get you back someday!" Tess screamed. Then she ran out of the room and out of the house.
Liz let the tears flow freely down her face. She didn't feel like fighting them. She didn't understand any of it. *Why would he do this to me? I thought he loved me! I know he loves me! * Liz couldn't control her feelings. She felt anger, sadness, hate, depression, and loneliness. She was right back where she started *What am I gonna do?* She thought for what seemed like the billionth time.

posted on 10-Aug-2002 12:37:05 PM

Tess stormed into her house. She stomped up the stairs and slammed the door to her room. Kyle got up when he heard this. *What's up with her? * He wondered. After a few minutes he reluctantly got up and went to see what was wrong.
"Tess? Where are you?" Just then Tess came out of the bathroom with nothing but a towel wrapped around her. She was wet; she had obviously just showered. Tess didn't seem surprised to see Kyle there. Nor was she upset.
"Hey Kyle. What did you want?"
"Oh, nothing, I just wanted to make sure you were alright."
"Oh. Well I'm fine." Tess said. Then she dropped the towel and stood in front of Kyle, completely naked. Then she walked right past him to her closet. She took out Kyle's old jersey and slipped it on.
"So how are you tonight Kyle?"
"Oh, uh...I'm, I'm f...fi...fine."
"Good. I was wondering. Do you wanna talk? You seem kind of...tense."
"Yeah, well I guess I am a little tense." Tess went and sat down on her bed. She patted the seat next to her.
"Here Kyle. Come sit down." He sat down beside her. She began massaging his shoulders. "Does that feel better?"
"Yeah..."
"You have such big muscles! You must be really strong! I bet you're great in bed. She leaned over and kissed him passionately. Kyle fell for it. The next morning Kyle woke up beside Tess. It had been a great night for him. He had loved every minute.
Tess' eyes fluttered open and she saw Kyle next to her on the bed. She had loved last night too. Max was history. Maybe he was right. Maybe destiny wasn't final. But that didn't mean she had forgotten about her promise. With thoughts of how to get revenge on Max running through her mind, she snuggled closer to Kyle and fell back asleep.

PART 5
Tess had decided it was pointless to try and deliberately get Max back for what he did. Now that Tess had Kyle, she didn't need to depend on Max. Besides, Tess believed that if Max had something coming to him, it would come. She had had experience with that sort of thing. Tess was also satisfied that she had once again succeeded in destructing Max's
relationship with Liz. All in all, Tess was very pleased with herself. *Job well done. And now I'm finally through with that jerk. If he won't accept our destiny, why should I?* Tess thought. * And I'm perfectly content with Kyle.*

AT SCHOOL THE DAY AFTER THE BIG FIGHT
Tess was impatiently waiting by her locker for Kyle. *Why is he always late?* She thought, annoyed. *Who's that? * Tess asked herself when she saw a girl walking down the hallway. The girl looked to be the same age as her. She was obviously looking for something. Tess decided to see if she could help. She was in a good mood that day, and besides, there was nothing better to do while waiting for Kyle. "Hi. My name's Tess. Are you new here?" She asked the girl.
"Yeah, is it really that obvious?"
"Kinda. Do you need help with something?"
"Umm, well now that you ask, could you help me find locker number..." The girl shuffled through her book bag. Then she triumphantly pulled out a piece of paper. "314?" She asked.
"Sure, that's right by mine." Tess pointed to her locker.
"My name is Maggie. Did I tell you that?"
"No, you didn't. So where did you move here from? Was there any particular reason you picked Roswell?"
"Umm, no not really. I was having problems with my parents so I moved out. They gave me some money to start out with, and here I am."
"Oh. I'm sorry."
"About what?"
"You and your parents."
"Don't be. They don't give a damn about me."
"Anyway, do you like it here in Roswell so far?"
"Yeah it's really nice."
"I'm glad you think so."
"Hey babe." Kyle said as he came up behind Tess. She jumped.
"OMG Kyle! Don't do that! You scared me!"
"Sorry, I didn't mean to."
"It's fine, don't worry about it. Kyle, I want you to meet my new friend Maggie. Maggie, this is my, boyfriend Kyle."
"Hi Kyle. Nice to meet you."
"Nice to meet you too."
(Kyle to Tess*happy* "Are you ready to go?"
"Yeah." (Tess to Maggie*happy* "Bye Maggie!"
"See ya Tess!"
*Well, I didn't know the Royal Four were so friendly. This could be easier than I thought.*
(A/N: Maggie is a shape shifter. She is working for Nicholas. Together they are trying to find the granilith.)
"So now I'm your boyfriend huh?" Kyle asked Tess when they were out of Maggie's hearing range.
"Well what was I supposed to say? Yeah this is a friend of mine who I live with and we sleep together occasionally?" Tess asked.
"No. I mean, I'm just getting used to the idea of being your boyfriend, that's all. The last time I was a boyfriend, it was with...well, you know."
"Yeah I know. But it's different now. Now you're MY boyfriend, and I won't hurt you like she did." Tess said cheerily. Then she reached up and kissed Kyle. He loved that she was so possessive. He liked that quality in a girl. And he couldn't believe he finally
had the girl of his dreams.
Max walked down the hall towards Liz's locker. He needed to try and explain things to her. He was pretty sure she'd tell him to leave her alone, but he had to at least try.
"Hi Liz. Can we talk?"
"Max, I don't really think we have anything to discuss."
"But Liz I-"
"Maybe I should make myself more clear. Go away, leave me alone. I'm not speaking to you." Liz told him cooly. Max had realized it was going to be difficult to get Liz to hear him out, but he hadn't expected to hear such anger in her voice.
*God Liz, why do you have to be so damn stubborn?* He wondered. However, he respected her wishes, he always had, and he left.
*Where's Maria? I have to find Maria! I can't keep doing this to myself! I feel horrible about what I said to Max, but I had to say it. I need to stay away from Max for a while. I need to figure things out. I need Maria! Where is that girl?* Liz felt like screaming. She needed to let her feelings out. And the best way to do that was to vent to your best friend. Maria made her way into the school and started scanning the crowds for Liz. She wasn't anywhere to be found. Maria walked towards her locker with her head down looking at her watch. When she reached her locker she looked up and whom did she find staring back at her but Michael Guerin.
"Michael!" Maria exclaimed. "I'm surprised to see you so early in the morning."
"Yeah. Listen Maria, we need to talk."
"Michael Guerin, talk? About serious relationship related problems?" Maria asked in mock amazement.
"Look, I know our relationship hasn't been, well it's-"
"Michael as of the last time we spoke, a.k.a. two weeks ago or so, we have been relationship-less."
"I know. I wanted to say I'm sorry. For the way I've treated you before and for everything. I love you, Maria. I really do. I know you envy Max and Liz. But look at them. Half the time their relationship is
worse then ours!"
"And the other half they're head over heels, fresh as a daisy, over the top, wonderfully, amazingly, beautifully in love."
"The point is, Maria I don't want to be in a relationship like Max and Liz's. I'm not intense like that, and you know it. We need a normal relationship, one where we fight and have make-up sex. I mean, it may not be perfect, but it's us. That's all we need." Maria looked up at him, tears forming in her eyes.
"I love you, Michael."
"I love you too." He smiled. He pulled her into his arms and she let herself be held.
"Thank you." She whispered. She leaned up and kissed him, hugged him one last time and left for class.
As Liz was looking for Maria, Alex walked up behind her. "Hey, you look stressed. Are you okay?" He asked.
"Yeah, no, I really need to talk." Liz answered.
"I'm here for you." Alex said.
"Thanks Alex." Liz said. She hugged him. "It's so hard, I mean, me and Max."
"What happened?"
"Well, we had a fight, sort of. I mean, well, okay. So he forgot our anniversary. I was ready to forgive him for that. So I go over to his house, and I have this really romantic evening planned, and I see Tess and Max on Max's bed, holding hands! God Alex, it made me so mad! And I know Max loves me. I don't know why he'd do that to me! I'm so confused."
"Wow. Lizzie, I feel your pain. But maybe it wasn't what you thought. Maybe it was totally innocent and you happened to walk in at the wrong time. Maybe Max wanted Tess's advice on Czechoslovakian matters or something. I know it will hurt you to hear me say
this, but maybe you need to talk to Max. And then if you still think he's evil or whatever, at least you'll know."
"Yeah. Maybe you're right, Alex. Maybe I should talk to Max. But I can't. Not right now. I have to cool off. Then I'll be able to deal with it rationally, sensibly."
"That's my Liz, the beautiful, rational scientist." Alex said in a fatherly tone. Liz giggled.
"Thanks Alex. I love you."
"I love you too." Liz hugged Alex again and he disappeared into the crowd of people. Finally Liz saw Maria.
"Maria! Maria, over here!" Liz waved.
"Sorry Liz, I didn't see you."
"I've been looking for you everywhere. I need to talk. It's about Max."
*Of course it's about Max. When is it not about Max? Will we ever be able to talk about me? Did it ever occur to you that I have problems too? Grrrrrrr.* "Talk to me chica."
"Well, you remember last night? When I called you?"
"Mmmmmmmhhhhhhhhhmmmmmm."
"Well, I took your advice. I got together a wonderful picnic. I snuck over to Max's house. All I had to do was apologize for being so stupid about our anniversary, and then I imagined it would be this
stupendous night. I got up to Max's window, and I heard voices. So I peeked through the curtains. Maria, Max was sitting on his bed with Tess. They were holding hands and Tess was giggling. I didn't know what to do. I felt so betrayed. So I ran. I ran out of there as fast as I could. I probably made a lot more noise than I intended to because Max saw me running. He called me back, but I didn't stop. I'm not gonna be
able to stand anymore excuses Maria. I feel like maybe Future Max is getting ready to come back. He wants to warn me. It's like everything that has been going on with me and Max lately has been some sort of sign. 'You're not meant for each other, destiny rules over all. So hahaha, bite me bitch and stop getting in the way.' I talked to Alex, and he's really a great listener, and he made me feel so much better, but I think I need your advice. What should I do Ria? I can't take many more of these guessing games."
"WOW. That sure is a lot to take in. Your problems so take preference over mine! I think we should go to the library. It'll be easier to talk there."
"What about English?"
"Liz, honey, we're already late. We totally missed homeroom. We are on the absentee list. Let's just go to the library and stay there till we sort all this out. Then we can write each other notes and go to the office. Don't worry about it."
"You're right. I have to talk to you about last night Let's go."
"Speaking of last night, why didn't you call me? You know I would have been over there in a second."
"I know. But I also know what a pain I've been to you lately. Me and all my problems. Maria, you've been the greatest friend to me. I feel like I owe it to you not to trouble you so much. Besides, you have problems too. We oughta talk about those once in a while. I don't want you to feel like this is a one sided relationship."
"You know I'd never think that Liz. I do have problems, and we do need to talk about them too, but I don't blame you for having problems of your own. Right now your problems are way more complicated then mine." Maria leaned over and hugged her friend. By this time the two were seated comfortably on their secret couch that nobody, not even the librarian knew about. They talked for what seemed like hours. Liz went first. She told Maria all her feelings about Max. She told her all her secrets everything she had been holding back from the others. Then Maria spilled. She told Liz about her and Michael. How she was afraid Michael hadn't wanted to make a commitment to her, how she really was getting sick of Liz's problems. The girls finally felt like they were on the same level again. They had always been best friends. They had no secrets. Everything one knew, the other knew too. Now the girls felt like they had that back. It was a good feeling. They both knew they could count on each other in a time of need. That was always a good thing to know. The girls finished chatting and wrote their notes. Maria headed out the back way and went around to the front. Liz took the shortcut and waited for Maria to finish. Ten minutes later Liz walked into the office and gave in her note. *It worked!* Liz thought, relieved. But then again, it always had.

MAX AND TESS'S GEOMETRY CLASS-THE NEW GIRL WALKS IN
"Maggie! Over here!" Tess called.
"Who's that?" Max asked.
"Oh, just the new girl. She's a friend of mine. We met this morning."
"I wouldn't get too close Tess. You don't know who this girl really is. We have rules about this sort of stuff you know."
"Jeez Max. Don't get so uptight. You can't choose my friends for me. Maggie isn't an alien, she doesn't know I am. I just want to have a normal friend, ok?"
"Just be careful. Don't let her catch on. She could be a FBI spy, or a secret agent, or a skin, possibly a shape shifter. We can't trust everyone as if we were human ya know."
"Shut up Max! You're not my boyfriend! Why don't you go and protect Liz? She needs your help more than me! I've got Kyle now."
"Liz is not a possession that needs protecting! And since when are you and Kyle together?"
"Since last night. After you rejected your destiny again, I decided to give up on you. There is no point in us being together if one of us doesn't want it right? And now neither of us wants it. So leave me alone!" Today obviously wasn't his best day with women.
"Tess, I'm warning you, I don't like the idea of you becoming friends with that girl. The rest of us won't either."
"Well that's just too bad isn't it Max?" (To Maggie*happy* "Hi. This is Max, Max this is my new friend Maggie." With that, Tess shot Max a look that seemed to say, and there's nothing you can do about it, asshole.
"So Tess, you certainly seem to be very popular, seeing as you were new just a few months ago."
"Yeah well, I have connections here. Hey, how did you know…" Tess questioned.
"Oh, Mr. Banks told me. He said I could sit next to you because you were pretty good in geometry." Maggie lied.
"Well that was nice of him."
"So what's up with you and that guy?"
"Oh, you mean Max? Well, me and him sort of used to go out. Our parents set us up, you know. Well he couldn't accept his destiny, I mean that his parents wanted him with me because he says he loves this other girl. Sometimes I think he'd do anything for her. I mean, he'd give his life for Liz Parker. I can't understand it sometimes. God, I must be babbling. I'm sorry. You wouldn't understand."
*Oh but I understand perfectly Queen Ava. This girl has broken your destiny with the king. You say he'd do anything for her...I wonder...*
"Sorry, I daydream a lot. What did you say?"
"Oh, nothing important."
"Miss Harding, Miss Boyle, please quiet down. Class, we have a new student. This is Magdalene Boyle. Stand up Miss Boyle." Maggie stood.
"Please, call me Maggie."
"As you wish--Maggie." Maggie sat. "If you please Miss Harding, no more talking while I'm attempting to teach."
"Yes Mr. Banks, sorry."
"Now that we are interruption free, let's begin..."
*I can't wait to tell Nicholas what I've found out. This Liz could be the answer to all our problems!* Maggie thought evilly. *And Queen Ava will lead me right to her.*

PART 6

A SMALL APARTMENT IN AN OTHERWISE DESERTED AREA
KHIVAR'S (NICHOLAS') HIDE OUT
(A/N: Okay in this fic I just happened to decide that Nicholas actually is Khivar’s skin body. Also Maggie's real 'alien name' is Katswana, try not to get confused!)
"Khivar! Khivar! Where are you?" Maggie shouted as she entered Nicholas' hide out.
"Shh! Be quiet! No one can know I'm here! Did anyone see you Katswana?" Nicholas asked Maggie?"
"No Khivar." Maggie replied.
"Good. Now. Down to business. Why are you here?"
"I have a plan Khivar."
"Have you found the granilith?" Nicholas asked eagerly.
"No, not yet. But I have a plan that will help us find it. It is perfect Khivar!" Maggie said happily.
"Fine then. Tell me of this plan." Nicholas said, somewhat let down.
"Well, I found the royal four just as easily as you said I would. I have made friends with Queen Ava. She has told me of the King. The King, Max, as he is called now, has not been following his destiny. Max is in love with another. A girl named Liz Parker. Queen Ava, or Tess, as she is called now told me of all the things Max has done for Liz. Khivar, I am confident that Max will give us the granilith in return for his beloved Liz. Once he tells us where the granilith is located, we will kill the girl, and kill the royal four. Khivar, this plan has no flaws. It is perfect! It will make you the ruler of the entire galaxy. We will finally be able to return home!"
"I believe you are right Katswana. The king was always a sucker for love. Love was his downfall once, and now it will be again. You must put this plan into action immediately! We have no time to lose."
"Yes Khivar." Maggie said and she got up to leave.
"Katswana,"
"Yes Khivar?"
"If your plan goes as you have said it will, then I'm sure I can arrange for you to be my second in command. That is, if your willing."
"Of course, I would be honored."
"Good luck Katswana, not that you'll need it." Nicholas said. They both laughed.

AT THE CRASHDOWN
Liz was stressed. She was taking extra hours at the Crashdown to keep busy. She couldn't go on like this for much longer. Liz glanced over at their booth. Everyone except Tess was there. *God Max, I miss you so much.* Liz thought. *What am I gonna do without you?* She wondered. Liz walked over to the table. "What can I getcha?" She asked as cheerily as humanly possible.
"Umm, shouldn't we wait for Tess?" Isabel asked.
"Yeah, Iz's right. We should wait for Tess. I'm sure she won't be much longer." Max said.
"Okay then, I'll be back when Tess gets here." Liz spat, emphasizing Tes and smirking when she said it. She walked back towards the counter. The Crashdown was almost empty so Liz asked Jen, the other waitress, if she could take her tables for a little while. Jen said sure, it was only one extra table and she could use the tips. So Liz walked into the back office and sat on the couch. She let herself go. She let all her thoughts out and she cried and cried.
"Bye Maggie! I'll see ya later!" Tess shouted from the door of the Crashdown. Then she waved and let the door slam behind her. Tess walked over to the table. "Hi guys, sorry I'm late. I was with..."
"With who Tess?" Michael asked.
"With the new girl. Maggie."
"Tess, don't you think that might be a little dangerous?" Isabel asked. "I mean, cus you don't really know her? She could be a skin, or a shape shifter, or something."
"Look, Max already gave me this talk. Maggie is perfectly normal. Just lay off okay?"
"Tess, I know you think she's normal, but what if you're wrong?" Max asked.
"Not everyone in this town is tied to something weird. She moved here from Ohio. She's not dangerous, so don't worry about it."
"Maybe that's true, but we just don't know. Roswell is not the most widely advertised area of New Mexico you know." Michael said.
"If you guys are gonna be like this, I'm leaving. I told Max, I choose my friends. You don't. This is my life, not yours."
"Tess, we're only trying to look out for you." Isabel said.
"Yeah Tess, and they are trying to look out for themselves too. You all have to look out for each other. It's not just your life. There are a lot of other people involved." Maria spoke up.
"Who are you to talk?" Tess asked cruelly.
"Hey!" Michael yelled. Tess jumped. "You have no right to talk to her like that. Besides, what she said is true. It's not just you who matters here." Both Maria and Tess were shocked.
"Fine, whatever. I'm leaving. Screw you all." Tess said, and left.
"That went well." Alex said sarcastically.
"Yeah." they all agreed.
"Maggie? It's me, Tess. Call me when you get this message okay? I have to get out of here!" Tess plopped down on her bed. *What is wrong with them? I can't believe they'd contradict me like that. It's ridiculous! Maggie is just a normal everyday friend. Am I not entitled to that? * Tess thought bitterly.
RING
Tess jumped.
RING
"Hello?" Tess said into the phone.
"Hey, I got your message." Maggie answered.
"Cool, can you come pick me up?"
"Yeah. I'll be right over. We'll go out for lunch. Okay?"
"Sounds good to me. See ya in five minutes."
"Bye."
"Bye."

"Kyle?" Tess shouted.
"Huh?" Kyle asked, coming up behind her.
"I'm going out with Maggie."
"Okay. See ya later." Kyle said. He leaned down and kissed her.
"Mmmmmmmm. See ya."
"Bye." Kyle smiled.

BEEP BEEP
"Hey Maggie. Where we going?"
"To this little place up town."
"Can't wait. Start driving, I'm starved!"
"You got it." Tess turned up the radio and the girls drowned out their thoughts in the amazingly loud music.
"Here we are." Maggie said. They were at Little T Diner. It was crawling with skins. Nicholas had set it up special for Maggie's use. "It's kinda small, but the food is great!" Maggie told Tess.
"Cool, I think I'll get a cheeseburger."
"Yeah, me too." They walked inside and sat at the table closest to the bathroom.
"What can I get you folks?" The waitress asked.
"Umm, I think I'll have a turkey burger on rye, with a club soda, no ice." Maggie said.
"I'll have a double cheeseburger melt, and a large chocolate milkshake." Tess said.
"Coming right up." The waitress told them, and left.
"So Tess. Do you have any special abilities?" Maggie asked.
"Umm, what do you mean?"
"I mean like, powers."
"No, I mean, umm, what are you talking about?"
"You know what I'm talking about."
"Who are you?"
"My name is Katswana, and you are Queen Ava. I will show you my powers now oh queen."
"No, get away from me! Help! Help!" Tess screamed, but it was much too late for that now. Katswana placed her hands on Tess's neck and felt the life leave her. Her life went out of one body and into another. *Aaaaaaaaaah* Katswana thought. *Victory. Now onto the more important things.

Max opened the door to the private office where Liz was sitting.
"Hey. Can we talk?"

PART 7
Max walked into the private office where he had seen Liz go earlier.
"Hey, can we talk?" He asked her. He noticed the tears on her face. *I wonder why she was crying. * He thought.
"I'm not in the mood to talk right now Max. Sorry." Liz told him, wiping the tears from her face. She got up from the corner of the sofa and began walking towards the door. "I've really gotta get back to
work."
"Okay, later then." Max called after her. She ignored him. *Why do human relationships have to be so damn complicated?*
(A/N: Katswana just shape shifted into Max, when she took on his body, she gained his knowledge and the ability to hear his thoughts. What you have just read was not the real Max Evans, but rather, it was Katswana who shape shifted into him. Max had left the Crashdown a while ago with the others. Just thought I’d clue you in…lol)
*Why did I do that? Max wanted to talk to me. We need to talk. I want to work this out. Max...Oh God, what am I gonna do?* Liz wondered sadly. An hour later Liz's shift was up. Max was still sitting in the corner booth. Liz decided to take Alex's advice and hear what he had to say.
"Hi Max."
"Hey Liz."
"I've been thinking about what you said. I think you're right. We do need to talk."
"I'm glad you feel that way too. We can work through this Liz."
"I know."
"Do you wanna go somewhere more...private?"
"I, I guess, I mean sure. Lemme finish cleaning up and I'll go get my jacket and we can go."
"Alright." *What am I gonna do about a car? * Katswana wondered as she picked up an apple from a table she passed on the way out. Once she got outside, she stopped time and ran to the end of the street where she was sure no one would notice a car coming out of nowhere. She placed the apple on the ground, closed her eyes, and concentrated on the Max's jeep. When she opened her eyes there it was there in front of her. She climbed into the front seat and set time again. She drove into the Crashdown parking lot and waited for Liz. After a few minutes of waiting, Liz walked out of the Crashdown. She had changed back into her regular clothes. Her hair was pulled back and her make up had been
re-applied.
"Let's go!" she smiled at Max. Max turned the car around and headed towards the Double T Diner. Except this time it would be a small deserted house near a barn.
"Where are we going? I know I recognize these roads…" Liz asked.
"Oh, just someplace deserted, someplace where we can be alone."
"Sounds nice. The stars are so beautiful tonight, and the sunrise against the mountains must be gorgeous!"
"Yeah, it is."
"Mmmmmmm."

"Here we are."
"What is this place Max?"
"I've been coming here a lot lately. It helps me clear my mind. The view from the back window is beautiful. I hope you like it."
"I'm sure I will, but the most important thing to do here is talk, right?"
"Of course." Katswana led Liz into the house. The house however was really a holding chamber for Liz. Liz, of course, saw a beautiful old Victorian house, through Katswana's mind warp. Once Katswana had led
Liz to the back room of the house and successfully got Liz inside she lifted the mind warp and transformed back into her old self.
"So nice to finally meet the Kings new love. I hear you are the reason the King and Queen quarrel? Is this true?" Katswana asked.
"Who are you? What do you want from me?"
"I don't want anything from you dear girl! No, no. You are simply the bait."
"What?"
"I suppose there is no harm in telling you...you'll be gone soon enough anyway. My name is Katswana. I work for Nicholas. Together we are going to find the granilith. If the King loves you as much as the Queen said he does, then I'm sure we'll have it in no time. Then I can put you out of your misery."
"That will never happen! I mean, Max won't tell you where the granilith is."
"Not even at your expense?"
"I, I...I don't know." Liz said, sadly.
"Poor girl, don't worry, your misery will be over soon enough!" Katswana laughed. Liz backed up into the corner of her 'cell' and slowly lowered herself to the ground.
Max, you have to help me…please…* Liz thought desperately.
*No one can help you now Liz. You're destined to die in agony! Hahahahaha!*
*Please...* Liz sobbed. It was at that moment that Liz realized that she'd never see any of her friends or family ever again. Alex's lame jokes, Maria's great advice, Isabel's fashion tips, Michael's sweet face, Kyle's handsome good looks, Max…hell she'd even miss
Tess! And her family. How would her death be explained to them? Would she be a famous kidnapping case? Liz couldn't take thinking about it anymore. She closed her eyes in a desperate attempt to clear her head.
Soon she was drifting off to sleep.

PART 8
"AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!" Isabel screamed. She woke with a start; she had just had the most horrible nightmare. "Max!" she yelled at the top of her lungs. It was a good thing her parents were gone for the weekend, or she'd be in therapy and counseling the next day. Isabel often had nightmares, but this one was important. "Max! Where are you?!?"
"It's all right, I'm here." Max said groggily. "What happened? I heard you scream."
"I had another nightmare, but this time it was different. Max, it was real."
"What? What do you mean? What did you see?"
"I saw...I saw, Tess."
"Okay..."
"And, she...she was...murdered." Isabel whispered.
"Murdered?" Max asked, startled.
"I felt her die Max. It's all real, I know it. I'm so scared..."
"Iz, it's okay, we'll figure it out. Was there anything else? Did you see who killed her?"
"Umm, yeah, it, it was Maggie. You were right about her. She, she's a shape shifter. Max..."
"I knew it! I knew she couldn't be trusted, and now Tess is... dead. Oh, God..." Max interrupted, suddenly realizing the horrible truth.
"Max, there's more."

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"More?" Max questioned, confused. He shook his head. "What, what is it?"
"It's about Liz. Maggie, I mean, Katswana, that's her real name, umm...I don't know how to tell you this Max..." Isabel bit her lip nervously.
"Tell me what? Isabel, is she, is Liz...?"
"No, not yet, but they have her Max. She's been kidnapped."
"OMG. OMG! Iz, we have to help her! Do you know where she is? Isabel this is important!"
"I know that Max! I don't know where she is, but Max they said they won't harm her if, if..."
"If what?"
"If we tell them, Katswana and Nicholas, where the granilith is. They are using Liz as bait, Max."
"What, I mean...how, I Oh God, Isabel, what am I gonna do?" Max's head felt like it was about to explode. *Liz...Nicholas...will they hurt her? What will I do without her? I have to help Liz; I can't let her die!*
"Max, are you okay?"
"Yeah, I mean, no, I mean, I don't know. I...I just don't know. We have to tell the others."
"I'll tell them Max. You, you're not in good shape. Don't worry Max. Nothing's gonna happen to Liz. I promise." Unfortunately that was a promise Isabel wasn't sure she would be able to keep. But as she looked at her brother and saw the look of pain and sadness in his eyes, she knew she had to try.

AT LUNCH IN THE QUAD
The gang was having their usual lunch at the quad, but everyone knew something wasn't right. Max was looking lonely and depressed; Isabel was looking deeply pained. Alex looked confused, Michael and Maria were as far apart as possible, and Maria had a look of extreme distress on her face. Michael looked worried. As you can tell, their ‘normal’ lunch was really not so normal.
"Does anyone know where Liz is?" Maria finally asked. Isabel let out a small whimper.
"Yes, I know where Liz is, Maria." Max answered, sadly. It hurt him so much to think about it. There was no way to reach Liz, and there was no guarantee that they wouldn't hurt Liz after they had the
granilith.
"Well, where is she?" Maria asked, her eyes brightening.
"She's been kidnapped, by Katswana. And Nicholas, they want the granilith in return for Liz." Isabel said as calmly as possible.
"What!?!" Maria screamed.
"And when were you all planning on telling me this?" Michael asked Max and Isabel angrily.
"Isabel had a nightmare last night, it was about Liz, and Tess...and Katswana and Nicholas, what happened and what they wanted. It's all very complicated Michael, but we just told you okay?" Max told him.
"You could have called or something." Michael replied.
"Is Liz, will she be...okay?" Maria asked, trembling.
"I, I don't know. I don't know what we're gonna do. We can't give them the granilith Maria." Isabel said. Maria gasped.
"I'm not hearing this...I can't believe this! After all she's done for you, you're just going to let her sit in some cage and rot? Or be killed by Nicholas? Or whoever the hell Katswana is? Max, you of all people, how could you?" Maria sobbed. Alex held her. Maria's words stung Max. He felt horrible for even having let such thoughts cross his mind.
"Liz is not going to die. I won't let that happen, Maria." Max told her.
"What are we gonna do then?" Michael asked.
"There has to be some way we can connect to Liz. We have to be able to find her. I'm sure Nicholas and Katswana are nearby, and we can get rid of them too." Max said.
"Who the hell is Katswana?" Michael asked.
"Maggie. I mean, Maggie is Katswana, and Katswana is a shape shifter. She has lots of other powers too, I just don't know what they are." Isabel said.
"Great, that's just frigging perfect. Where's Tess, is she part of this? Was she kidnapped too?"
"No. Tess is, umm, well she was...killed by Katswana." Max said.
"Tess? Tess is gone too? She's dead?" Maria wailed.
"How the hell are we gonna do anything about this without Tess' help?" Michael yelled.
"We'll have to find Liz first. Then we can think of a plan to save her." Max told them.
"Well, how are we going to find her?" Maria asked, calmer now that they were talking about a plan to save her best friend.
"Isabel can dream walk her." Max said.
"But how will that help? Do you really think she knows where she is?" Alex asked.
"Maybe not, but at least she'll know we know that she's been kidnapped, and that we are going to save her." Max said.

RING
Isabel and Maria headed off to class. So did Michael and Alex. That left Max to walk to biology, all alone.

LATER THAT NIGHT
"Isabel, can you try it now?" Maria asked her.
"Alright, alright." Isabel said. Isabel took a deep breath and entered her "dream walking state", as everyone liked to call it. Maria waited and waited. To her it seemed like forever.
*What's taking so long? * She wondered. All of a sudden, Isabel's eyes opened.
"I found her. She's fine. I told her everything we knew about Katswana and Nicholas and I told her we'd get her out of there. She told me she had no idea where she was. She was mind warped on her way there."
"Well that wasn't much help." Maria said.
"No, but it's a start." Isabel replied.

AT THE CELL
Liz woke up, startled. *Whoa! OMG, they know. Max, oh Max you're coming!* She thought. *I have to find out where I am. I'm a scientist; it shouldn't be too hard. Right?* Liz crawled around in her little cell. She hadn't really explored it before. Before she kind of just sat there. Now that she did explore though, she realized there was a window. It was small and covered up and it was behind boxes and it was covered in dust, but it was there. Liz climbed over all the boxes and wiped away the dust and other things, and peered out the window. Nothing but desert. There was a cactus. And, she could see a road! *OMG a road!* Liz thought. *But what's the difference? I don't know what road.* She rationalized. She looked out the window one more time. There was a large rock a few feet from the cactus. In the distance Liz could see a huge rock formation. It was more then 200 feet away though. It was very indistinct and there was no way Liz could really describe it except as a rock formation. *Well, it's a start.* Liz thought. She crawled back to the corner and sat there thinking. All of a sudden she heard footsteps coming down the corridor, to her. She sat up.
"How are you doing Liz? That is your name right?" Katswana asked.
"Yes that's my name, and I'm doing fine. I could use a little more to eat though." Liz said.
"Well we'll take care of that now won't we? Wouldn't want you dying before you time!" Katswana said, laughing. At once a servant came with a lunch plate for Liz. It was only a sandwich, some milk and a few apple slices, but it was more then Liz had had to eat in the entire time she had been there.
"I have a question, Katswana." Liz said.
"Go on." Katswana urged.
"Well, I was wondering, since there is no way to get out of this place, could I at least know where I am? I mean am I still in Roswell? Am I still in New Mexico?"
"I suppose it wouldn't hurt..." Katswana thought. "You are still in New Mexico. You are a few miles away from Roswell. In a desert town called Barba. Are you happy now?" Katswana asked.
"I suppose. Is Barba a big desert town?"
"No, it's rather small actually. Why are you asking so many questions?"
"Oh, it's just something for me to think about. You know other then my newest escape route out of here..."
"You're a funny girl Liz. Too bad your jokes won't be heard for much longer..." Katswana said. Then she left.
*I can't believe how easy that was!* Liz thought. *Now Max and Isabel and Michael really will find me and I'll be able to see Maria and Alex again! And Mom and Dad, they must be so worried! I can't wait to see them again! I can't wait to go home! * Liz thought. Then Liz ate the rest of her lunch and sat thinking about what she would do when she got home. Because she knew she would. At least, she hoped. If Max even tried to get her back. If he even wanted her back. *Why am I torturing myself?* She wondered. To try and escape her problems, Liz went to sleep again. Besides, it would make it easier for Isabel. *Please find me...* she thought. *Please help me...*

PART 8

Max couldn't fall asleep. He was restless. All he could think about was Liz. *Is she okay? What is she doing? What is she thinking? Does she know I love her?* Max just couldn't fall asleep. Too many things were floating around. Max had way too much to think about. He couldn't take not knowing how Liz was. He decided he had to go dream walking until he found Liz.
(A/N: I don't know if Max can dream walk on the show, but he can in the books, so that's what I'm going on here...also, before when I gave the impression that only Isabel could dreamwalk, I meant that her dreamwalking skills were better than everyone else's because she did it more often.)
As Max entered the dream plane he saw all the orbs, he heard them. He could see the orbs of people from school, his parents, and his teachers. Max searched for Liz's orb among the many that were there. He found it. He was in. Liz was dreaming of a huge field full of flowers...there were mountains, streams and forest surrounding her. Max entered the dream. He couldn't see Liz anywhere. Then Max felt something behind him. He saw Liz. Suddenly the field disappeared and Max and Liz were in Liz's cell. She told him where she was.
'I'm in a small desert town, called Barba. There is a large rock formation about 200 miles from where my cell is. It should look like an old worn down shack from the outside. There is a road that will lead you right to it. Max, please help me.'
'It's gonna be okay Liz, I'll save you, I promise. I'll get you back.'
'They will be ready for you Max. They could hurt you. Be careful Max.'
'I will Liz. I love you.' The dream started to fade and Max could hear Liz's whisper before he left.
'Please help me Max...' Max was amazed. He hadn't expected Liz to know where she was. He had to start looking for her immediately. Then Max realized it was only two o'clock in the morning. No one would appreciate being woken up at that hour. Max would just have to wait until morning.

LIZ'S CELL
Liz woke up from her dream. This time Max had come. She was so happy. They were coming! They were going to save her! Nicholas would never have the granilith. Liz couldn't believe her luck. And Max, what had he said? She knew he had said something important, but she didn't know what. *Oh Max. I love you so much. Please forgive me.* She thought. *Why should he forgive me? I accused him of cheating on me, with Tess. I know he'd never do that. God Max, why do these things only happen to us? * Liz was ashamed of what she had done. She couldn't wait until she could see Max again and hold him in her arms. God she missed that! She just had to wait. *Only a little more time left.* She coached herself. *You'll be out of here soon, just be patient...*

AT THE CRASHDOWN
"Why are we here Max? Is there news about Liz?" Alex asked as soon as Max walked through the door.
"Yes, there's news. I went dream walking last night and I found Liz. I know where she is."
"OMG!" Maria exclaimed. She was so excited, and relieved and happy. She threw her arms around Max.
"Thank you." she whispered. Michael looked at Max with a hint of jealousy in his eyes. Max smiled at him. Maria couldn't control her giddiness as she grabbed Michael's hand and squeezed with all her might. She looked up at him and gave him her best 'Maria loves you' smile. Michael smiled back.
"Well, where is she?" Alex asked Max.
"She said she's in a small desert town called Barba. She also told me that there was a large rock formation about 200 feet from the shack where she's being kept. There should be a road leading right to it." Max replied.
"Well let's go!" Alex shouted.
"Yeah, Me, Isabel and Alex in one car, Michael, Maria, and Kyle in the other."
"Got it, let's go." Michael repeated. They all headed out to their pre-assigned vehicles and left the Crashdown parking lot.

ON THE ROAD
"So Max, did Liz tell you how she found out where she was?" Isabel asked him. "Cus last time I talked to her she had no idea."
"No, she didn't say." Max told her. The two cars had reached the sign that said:

YOU ARE NOW IN BARBA, NEW MEXICO. PLEASE ENJOY YOUR STAY!

There were two roads from there on.
"What now Maxwell?" Michael asked.
"You take right, we'll take left." Max replied.
"See ya!" Maria yelled as the car sped away.

Max and the others in the jeep were speeding down a lonely desert road, looking for any sign of a rock formation.
"Hey do you see that Max? Do you think that's what Liz was talking about?" Alex asked, pointing out into the desert to what looked like a small mountain.
"Maybe." Max said. The car sped up to reach where Alex had been pointing and past it. Sure enough, in the distance Max could see a small shack, the shack where Liz was being held. Max turned around and parked the jeep behind the rock formation. He called Michael and told them where they were. Michael said he'd be there as soon as he could. With that Max, Isabel and Alex started towards the shack. When they finally reached the front door, Max expected someone to be on guard, or at least for the door to be locked, but it wasn't. Max was suspicious as to why this was, but he was also happy that so far it had been easy.
Max, Isabel and Alex walked in single file down a long corridor. There were several doors in the corridor, and Max could tell that this place was only meant to look like a small shack on the outside, but really it was huge. Max told Isabel and Alex to stick together and go exploring. He told them, to take one half of the corridor while he took the other. Max opened the first door. There was nothing there. No doors, no furniture, nothing. Max shut the door. He moved on to the next door. Again, the same. He did this at least five times, then he came to an office. He saw a desk and a computer, and lots of filing cabinets. Max entered the room and began looking through the files. He came across a file that read:

GUERIN, MICHAEL
Startled, Max opened the file. Tons of pictures fell out. Pictures of school, the Crashdown, Maria, Liz, him...everything. Max was amazed. He read the papers about Michael, it told about his foster homes, and his records. Nothing about the fact that Michael was an alien. Max closed the file and began searching some more. He found tapes of telephone conversations. Max couldn't believe what he was seeing. They had Liz's conversations on tape, Isabel's, even his. Max was flipping through the other files when he came to one labeled:

BOYLE, MAGDALENE
He opened it and saw all kinds of files and hand written reports about killings, and powers, and Antar... *My home planet...* Max thought. He was about to sit down and start reading through the file when he heard an ear-piercing scream. *Isabel! * He thought. He ran down the corridor, searching for his sister. He found her with Alex. Isabel was crying her eyes out and Alex was comforting her. Alex pointed to one of the doors and looked at him as if to say 'go in there.' Max opened the door and saw what looked like an operating table. On the table there was a body, and over the body there was a white sheet. Max's heart dropped. *This isn't happening,* he thought. *No! This isn't possible! Not now! Please, oh God! * Max was tormented by thoughts that Liz was under that sheet. He knew he had to look. He walked over to the table and lifted the sheet. A sigh of relief filled him, but he immediately felt guilty. It was Tess. Isabel's dream had been right. Tess was dead, and there was nothing they could do to bring her back. Max covered her back up and walked out of the room.
"Are you okay Isabel?" Max asked her.
"Yeah, I'm fine, just a little upset." Isabel replied. "I'll be okay, keep looking."
"I know you two were friends, sort of. I'm sorry."
"Yeah, me too." Isabel replied.
"Are you sure you're okay, Iz?" He asked.
"We'll be fine." Alex answered. Max smiled at Alex and proceeded to walk back down the corridor and open more doors. Finally he reached a room with another route. This route, however, was made of dirt, and rock. He walked down the corridor and came to a large opening at the end. He looked around and realized he had been there before, with Liz. This was where she was, the dream...
"Liz? Liz where are you?" Max shouted.
"Over here Max." Liz's weak voice answered. Max turned around and saw her. She looked so tired, and weak.
"Are you okay?" He asked her.
"Yeah, I'm fine. I just need to get out of here."
"I'll get you out." Max said. Then he started looking for something to pry the bars with.
"Max?" Liz asked.
"What?"
"The keys are on the hook on the back of the door."
"Oh. Thanks." Max said, sheepishly. He got the keys and unlocked the cell. Liz came out and threw her arms around him.
"God Max, I missed you so much."
"I missed you too Liz. Are you sure you're okay?"
"I'm sure."
"She's sure know, but she won't be fine for long, my King." Katswana said, stepping out from the shadows.
"Did you really think I'd make it that easy?" She asked.
"What do you want Katswana?" Max asked.
"You know what I want. I want the granilith." She said, "Or your little friend here dies. See that bracelet on her arm? One push of this button and..." Katswana told them. Liz looked down at her arm. How could she have not noticed the bracelet?
"Don't do it Max, don't tell her."
"Liz, I have to. I can't let you get hurt." Max said.
"Oh, how sweet. Can we get on with it please? Where is the granilith?" Katswana asked. Liz looked at the bracelet again. She tried desperately to take it off her hand. She pulled and stretched it. It wouldn't come off.
"Don't Max, please!" Liz begged. When Liz said that Katswana sent out a bit of power to the bracelet. The pain sent Liz to her knees.
"Liz!" Max exclaimed. "I can't let her do this to you!"
"Max, be strong..." Liz choked out. She was still working on the bracelet. Katswana walked over to Max. Max moved into a position so that Katswana was in the middle of Max and Liz.
"So, Max, that is your human name?"
"Yeah."
"Where is the granilith Max? Or do you really want to watch your girlfriend suffer and die? Do you really want to hear the screams from her friends, when they see her? What's it going to be, oh my King?" Katswana asked. While Max and Katswana were talking Liz had succeeded in getting the bracelet off. She opened it and slipped it carefully around Katswana's ankle. Max, seeing what Liz had done, told Katswana she'd never find the granilith with his help.
"Fine oh my King, if that's how you want it..." Katswana said, and pressed the button. It all happened very quickly, Katswana fell to the ground, pulling Liz with her. Max was too shocked to do anything but watch what happened next.
Liz was overwhelmed and surprised when Katswana pulled her down. She was so surprised she didn't think to get up. Before she knew it, they were connected. Liz could feel Katswana dying. She could feel all the power flowing out of her. Then she felt the last moment of life in Katswana leave her. Katswana died, and Liz collapsed next to her.
"Liz!" Max screamed. "No!"

PART 10

"Liz!" Max screamed. "No!" Max fell down beside Liz. He couldn't lose her now. Not after everything that had happened. He took her hand in his and tried desperately to connect with her. Nothing happened. Max thought about anything and everything that could help him to connect. When Max healed Liz. When he told her who he was. The first time they connected. Their first kiss. The eraser room. Liz telling him about Future Max. All the fond memories Max and Liz had shared. Max concentrated on how he felt about Liz, how she was his world. And he was in. He was one with Liz. He found that she had only been knocked out by Katswana's death, but he healed her anyway. Liz's eyes fluttered open.
"Max..." Max pulled Liz to him and she buried her head in his arms. Max could feel her tears, but he let her cry. After a few minutes she looked up at him.
"I'm sorry Max."
"For what?"
"For everything. I know nothing was going on between you and Tess, I overreacted it was all my fault."
"No Liz, nothing was your fault. I shouldn't have been with Tess that night. I should have been trying to make up my mistake to you. I'm sorry."
"I love you Max." Liz whispered.
"I love you too." he replied. Max wiped the tears off Liz's face and he kissed her. They both knew that destiny wasn't a conflict anymore. Max and Liz were soulmates; they had their own destiny. They were destined to be together, and they knew it. Nothing could come between them anymore. Max pulled Liz to her feet and they began the long walk down the corridor.

MEANWHILE...
Alex and Isabel continued their search. Isabel had been so upset about Tess, Alex didn't know what to do, but he comforted her, and that seemed like it was enough. All they had come across since then were empty white rooms like the ones Max had found earlier. After about half an hour they heard people coming down the passageway. They slipped into the nearest room to try and hide. When Alex and Isabel heard the footsteps pass they opened the door as carefully as possible. They supposed that the people were gone and they continued their search. They were just coming out of a room when they heard more footsteps. They didn't have time to hide again so Isabel grabbed Alex's hand and closed her eyes. It was only Michael, Maria, and Kyle.
"OMG! We were so afraid you guys were guards or something!" Isabel said, relieved.
"Nope, it's just us." Michael answered her.
"Have you found anything yet? Any signs of where Liz is?"
"Well, we haven't found Liz yet, but we did find something else." Alex told them.
"What, what did you find?" Kyle asked.
"Umm, well...Tess." Alex answered.
"You found Tess?" Kyle asked.
"Well, we found her...body." Alex said.
"She's dead? I mean, she's really dead?" Maria asked.
"Yeah." Alex replied. Kyle looked devastated. Maria buried herself in Michael's arms. Tess might not have been the best friend in the world, but she was still a part of all of their lives.
"I'm sorry Kyle." Alex told him. Just then they heard a noise from one of the rooms, the door opened and Max and Liz walked out.
"Lizzie!" Maria cried. "Are you okay?"
"Yeah, I'm fine. Max healed me. What's wrong with you guys? You all look so..."
"It's Tess." Isabel said.
"What about her?" Liz asked.
"You didn't tell her?" Isabel asked glaring at Max.
"No, I...I guess I forgot." Max stammered.
"Tell me what? Where's Tess?" Liz demanded.
"She's dead." Kyle said, monotonously.
"Dead?" Liz asked to no one in particular.
"Yeah, we umm...found her body about an hour ago." Alex said.
"Oh God. Poor Tess." Liz said. Max grabbed her hand and held it tightly.
"Well, we better get out of here before Katswana comes and finishes us all off." Michael said.
"Katswana is dead too." Liz told them.
"What exactly happened in there?" Maria asked.
"Katswana tried to kill Liz because I wouldn't tell her where the granilith was, but Liz reversed it so she killed herself, but first she connected to Liz, and Liz almost died because of it." Max explained.
"Wow, it's been a long day." Alex remarked.
"Yeah." Liz said. "There was something weird about the connection though. I could feel her dying; I could feel her powers leaving her. I don't know, it was just strange." Liz told them.
"You're not used to it, you've never felt anyone die before." Michael told her.
"No, it was...more than that." Liz said.
*The file! * Max thought. *I wonder if there is anything in there about what Liz felt.* "Hey, I have an idea." Max said. "Follow me." The gang followed Max down the corridor and into an office. Max started searching through all the files again, looking for the one about Katswana. He found it and started looking through it. He found what he wanted and was amazed to read what it said.
'Certain shape shifters have the ability to take powers from their victims. They gain the knowledge of the power and how to use it from the victim as well. If one of these shape shifters should die, it is possible that the powers can be transmitted through a connection to another being.'
"OMG! Liz..." Max said.
"What?" The others asked.
"Liz has, I mean...it's possible she has...powers." Max told them.
"What?!?" Liz asked, taken aback.
"From what you said, and what I just read, Katswana transmitted her powers to you when she died." Max told her.
"OMG! I have powers..." Liz said.
"This is too cool! My best friend has alien powers!" Maria exclaimed. But Liz wasn't so sure.
THE END